Can't do right for doing wrong - from Kira

My other half recently got a job as laborer on a building site. Probation did all they could and sent him via other agencies so that he could get his pin so he could work on building sites. He was doing really well until last week when a builder recognized him and told the gaffer that he knew he had been in prison for robbery. The gaffer then turned around and told my other half that they were short of work and haven't rang him since. You can't do right for doing wrong in this country! He didn't tell his gaffer about his criminal record which I suppose he should have done but every time he disclosed it on interviews employers just didn't wanna know.
He is trying so hard to turn his life around but keeps on getting knock backs after knock backs. What is wrong with people these days?